Two Russian intelligence chiefs fired over Moscow airport attack

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at the Interior Ministry, February 7, 2011.

From Adam Rawnsley, the Danger Room:  Two officials from Russia’s domestic security outfit, the Federal Security Service (FSB), were fired today. The deputy chief of the anti-terrorism bureau and the chief of the economic security were kicked to the curb for their failure to prevent the airport bombing, which killed 36 — and marked the second major terrorist incident in Moscow in less than a year. In March, Islamist suicide bombers from the North Caucus region killed 40 on Moscow’s subway system. …

This isn’t the first time the FSB has been (very publicly) blamed for security lapses. Late last year, the domestic spook agency caught the rap for missing a set of mysterious — and likely fictional — colonels said to be responsible for betraying Russia’s sleeper network in the United States.

But it’s not just the intel community that’s been in the crosshairs over the airport attack. Russian police and transport officials have also been booted for their apparent security lapses. Shortly after the airport attack, President Dmitry Medvedev cited “systemic shortcomings” in security, claiming that authorities should have picked up on the plot since “Moving such an amount of explosives requires real effort.” Medvedev subsequently fired four police officials.

From RIA Novosti:  "Department T [anti-terrorism] deputy chief Col. V.G. Aladin and economic security chief department Lieut. Col. A.N. Sveshnikov have been relieved of their duties," a statement on the Federal Security Service website said.  (photo: Getty)

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